Bachelor of Arts

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Middle East Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A000053 (major)

MN-A000053 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)


Middle East Studies provides a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping one of the most politically complex and fascinating regions of the world. The core units pursue a variety of strategies to unpack the history and systems of the Middle East, leading students towards developing an improved comprehension of why situations such as the Syrian Civil War, the Israel-Palestine impasse and the War on Terror present the region and the wider world with so many challenges. Through exploring topic areas that include media representation, human rights and humanitarian intervention, as well as learning about specific states, the Middle East Studies major offers both depth and breadth in its coverage. Innovative assessment practices that include one of the world's largest political role-play simulations support the learning journey.

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of sectors, including aid and development organisations, education, the defence forces, foreign affairs and trade, government departments (including immigration and border security), intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research roles.


  • To complete a Major sequence in Middle East Studies  select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Middle East Studies select the following four (4)  units: AIE153, AIE154, AIE255 and AIE364

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

AIE153History of the Middle East

AIE154Understanding Middle East Politics

Complete the following unit from level 2:

AIE255Critical Issues in Middle East Politics

Complete a further 3 units from level 2:

AIH264The Holocaust

AIR200Global Capitalism and Power

ASP216Ethics in Global Society

AIS204Gender, Globalisation and Development

AIR203Human Rights in World Politics

Complete the following unit from level 3:

AIE364The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Complete a further unit from level 3:

AIR349Diplomacy and the United Nations

AIE365Middle East Study Tour


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